Hugo Chávez is now joking with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about nuclear bombs—just weeks after saying the U.S. gave him cancer.
Fans of Stephen Colbert are on a mission to convince him they're not joking around.
People may still be joking about it and the fact that, “Oh yeah, we sure love our weed here!”
He just stood there, the life of his own party, smiling and joking and talking away.
“There does seem to be a lot of confusion about whether or not I'm joking, which is just amazing to me,” he said.
All this in a joking manner, and yet a vein of seriousness ran through it somewhere.
Arthur was not inclined for joking; the affair perplexed him in no ordinary degree.
I thought at first he was joking, but later on it became clear to me that he was quite in earnest.
Miss G. You're joking,—and I believe, sir, you're not over and above sober.
The latter thinks his friend is joking, jumps up and tries to seize him—but he feels nothing.
1660s, joque, "a jest, something done to excite laughter," from Latin iocus "joke, sport, pastime," from PIE root *yek- "to speak" (cf. Breton iez "language," Old High German jehan "to say," German Beichte "confession").
Originally a colloquial or slang word. Meaning "something not to be taken seriously" is 1791. Practical joke "trick played on someone for the sake of a laugh at his expense" is from 1804 (earlier handicraft joke, 1741). Black joke is old slang for "smutty song" (1730s), from use of that phrase in the refrain of a then-popular song as a euphemism for "the monosyllable."
1660s, "to make a joke," from Latin iocari "to jest, joke," from iocus (see joke (n.)). Related: Joked; joking.